Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute Receives Award For Legacy Orientation Video

Director of Service Excellence and Patient Advocacy Receives Award for Promoting Patient-Centered Experience

April 12, 2011

The Cleveland Clinic Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence has received the 2011 Nurses Choice Award in the Media category from the Ohio Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees.

The award recognizes “The Legacy Continues with You,” an orientation video that explores the rich heritage of Cleveland Clinic nursing and the ways in which nurses impact patients’ lives. It features Nursing Institute leaders who describe the fulfillment they’ve experienced as nurses, as well as the opportunities new nurses have to create their own memorable and satisfying career.

“The video depicts the intellect, commitment and compassion of Cleveland Clinic’s nursing staff,” said Mary Beth Modic, Clinical Nurse Specialist. “Seasoned nurses recount their passion, wisdom, and challenges in caring for some of the nation’s most critically ill patients.”

Modic and Joan Kavanagh, Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Clinical Education and Professional Development at Cleveland Clinic, developed the video.

“We created this video to share the extraordinary legacy of nursing and to pay tribute to the pioneers who lifted the professional practice of nursing to where it is today,” Kavanagh said. “We challenge each new nurse to create his or her own legacy of excellence, to become the next generation of nurse leaders.”

In addition to the Media award, Carol Santalucia, Director of Service Excellence and Patient Advocacy for the Office of Patient Experience, received the 2011 Nurses Choice Award in the individual category from the Ohio Nurses Foundation. This is the only award presented to a non-nurse, and it is a tribute to Santalucia's leadership and ability to promote a positive, seamless patient-centered experience.

Anne Schmidt, RN, BSN, who has worked at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus since 2005, received a Nursing Leadership scholarship award from the Ohio Nurses Foundation to help her pursue a Nurse Practitioner degree at Ursuline College.

The awards were presented at the 10th Annual Ohio Nurses Choice Awards and Scholarship Luncheon on April 1 in Columbus. The Ohio Nurses Foundation is the charitable arm of the Ohio Nurses Association. The Ohio Nurses Foundation seeks to aid nurses in their quest for continuing education, research and grant opportunities.

About Cleveland Clinic Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence

The Zielony Nursing Institute, one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic, includes more than 11,000 nurses, about 850 of whom are advanced practice nurses. All collaborate to provide high-quality patient care on specialty-based nursing units within inpatient, outpatient and operating room settings at more than a dozen locations in Northeast Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada and Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic hospitals strive for Magnet status (the highest recognition of excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center). Main campus was re-designated in 2008 and Fairview Hospital received its designation in 2009. Visit the Zielony Institute at

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

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